Mix Science Fiction with Korean mythology and you get the Dragon Pearl. Thirteen year old Min sneaks away from her home world to investigate her older brother’s disappearance and supposed desertion from the Space Forces. She is also a fox with special powers. Most of the people in this universe have different abilities and appear as a human though they are different animals such as tigers and dragons.
Min can shape-shift into other people as well as inanimate objects. When she arrives on her brother’s ship, Min assumes the identity of a deceased cadet whose ghost wants her to find out who is responsible for his death. Min is not the only supernatural being aboard. The Space Forces, pirates, and mercenaries are all looking for the Dragon Pearl, a mythical object that can create and/or destroy worlds and it is quite the adventure!
My only complaint is that since this is the first in the series the plot drags at some points as I’m guessing that they are setting up characters for the next books in the series.
I would recommend this book for fans of fantasy, science-fiction, and mythology in grades 4 and up. You could read it aloud to interested younger kids too.
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
January 19, 2018
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